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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Natalie Haynes: The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

Friday 13 December,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

This event is fully booked

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BM/PM takes place every second Friday of the month. Relax at the bar with friends and catch performances that take a fresh look at the Museum's collection.

Natalie Haynes, classicist and former comedian, presents an array of stories about ancient Greece and Rome, and busts a few myths about the ancient world.

Along the way, she reminds us how often modern societies reflect those of our ancestors. Why did the Romans think Christians were cannibals? What were Julius Caesar's real last words? Are murder mysteries based on Sophocles? Who was the first real-life Bond villain? Where do we get the phrase 'to lick it into shape'?

The bar outside the lecture theatre will be open from 18.15 and until 20.45 after the performance.

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Natalie Haynes. Copyright: James Betts.